Ms Brendah Nakyejjo, the girl who fell off Makerere University’s Mitchell Hall, Speaking from her hospital bed at Mulago hospital on refuted claims that the arrested Jeremiah Mukyemu is her boyfriend.
“Jeremiah is not my boyfriend, he is just my friend, actually I had just known him for about a month,” she said.
The Second Year Drama and Film student, said before the fateful night, Mr Mukyemu called her, requesting that she pays him a visit since they were friends and she needed to know where he stays.
“It was at around 5pm, I was planning to go home for Easter. Jeremiah called me asking me to visit him, I told him I would be going home, so I would only spend about 15 minutes at his place, which he agreed,” she narrated.
She added that when she reached Mr Mukyemu’s room on the third floor in Mitchell Hall of Residence and asked to leave after 30 minutes, Mr Mukyemu – a Fourth Year student of Medicine and Surgery – excused himself to go and pick something and locked her in the room.
“It was at around 5.30pm when I told him I was leaving. He locked me in the room and left, saying he would be back shortly, but he came back after an hour,” Ms Nakyejjo narrated further.
Mr Mukyemu, Ms Nakyejjo adds, made the oscillations in and out of the room four times.
But it was on his third return that Ms Nakyejjo raised her antennas. She said Mr Mukyemu tried to force her into a sexual intercourse but she resisted. This is when she cried out for help.
“I think it was at around 9pm, I screamed asking for help because he wanted to rape me. He took my phone and switched it off and after locked the room and left,” she said, adding that her friend, turned tormentor, increased the volume of the music that was playing off his radio so much so that it was impossible to hear anything happening outside.
It is upon making the alarm, she adds, that a group male students from the hall entered the room but instead turned back and closed the door behind them even after she pleaded with them for help. She cannot tell how the students managed to access the room or who they were.
Ms Nakyejjo then thought of plan B. She started looking for ways of escaping and how to fight her tormentor as the night dragged on.
“I boiled water in the percolator and waited for him to come back, now this was the fourth time, when he entered I tried to pour the water on him so that I could get out, but he overpowered me and instead the water splashed on me,” she adds.
Mr Mukyemu now went full throttle, and attempted to rape her again. His victim says she made more alarms but no one came to her rescue. Mr Mukyemu, however, left the room again, this time threatening “to do something wrong” upon return.
It is at this point that Ms Nakyejjo made the decision that nearly ended her life. She says she could not imagine living with the psychological torture of rape and looked for any exit.
“When he left the room after threatening me, I screamed and no one came to help me, I decided to jump, of course with the hope that I would not end up like this (bed ridden),” Ms Nakyejjo narrates amid tears.